Visitors to the Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade in Sao Paulo can dive into the depths of an awesome cave-like installation by artist Henrique Oliveira. Entitled Transarquitetônica, the fully-immersive installation takes guests through the interior of a root-like system. The incredible piece, made from repurposed wood pieces, transports awestruck people into another world, without leaving the museum. Guests can venture through the tunnels, feeling as though they have shrunk to the size of insects that may be found in the roots and bark of a tree.
No stranger to creating incredible room-sized installations, Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica also repurposes thousands of random pieces of disused wood, to create an organic, nature-like experiential artwork. The piece is like a network of tunnels, which visitors are welcome to walk through and explore, both inside and out. The tunnels are compared to the root system of a tree, throwing off visitors’ perspective as they look around the cavernous space.
Taking over a main gallery of the museum, the installation was started with a skeletal framework of curved wires, held together with plastic zip ties. Once the tunnel structure was created, Oliveira used the repurposed wooden slabs to cover the interior, creating curved walls that vary slightly in shape and texture, depending on the wood scraps used. The exterior was covered with a skin of the soft wood, making the interior and exterior uniform.
The winding tunnels can be explored at the museum until the end of November, 2014.
via My Modern Met